On Thursday 22nd August at 7pm, the string players of Orchestra of the City will be venturing South of the river to St Giles’!
Conducted by Chris Hopkins, join us for Elgar’s poignant Elegy, Bartok’s meticulous Divertimento of 1939 in three parts and Dvořák’s ever-popular Serenade for Strings.
The orchestra is recognised as one of London’s leading non-professional orchestras. Formed in 2003, the orchestra represents the city and members include nurses, teachers, barristers, doctors, bankers, researchers, scientists, arts administrators, recording engineers and a raft of other professionals. With a very high standard of musicianship, the orchestra is known for its friendly and sociable atmosphere and for breaking down barriers between the orchestra and the audience. The orchestra regularly gives high quality performances at prestigious venues with soloists ranging from the up-and-coming youngsters to some of the most established and eminent musicians of today.
Entry is free (donations welcome) and a bar will be available.
There are a lot of opportunities to join in the music-making at St Giles’ in the next few weeks, especially if you enjoy singing! There are choral evensongs on Sunday 11th of August and Sunday 8th of September. And then, on Sunday 6th of October, we are delighted to be organising a concert based around Vivaldi’s stunning ‘Gloria’.
Performed by a ‘Come & Sing’ choir, this magnificent work is divided into 12 movements, ranging from festive virtuosity to poignant sadness. There are wonderful aria-like movements from the soloists and uplifting choruses from the whole choir – this is an event not to be missed.
The first half will feature solo performances; the organ will be played by Norman Harper and the conductor is Ashley Valentine. Suggested donations on the door are £6 for adults and children go free. All proceeds will go towards the organ restoration fund.
If you’re interested in joining in with this event or the evensongs, please let us know here.
The last few years have seen some amazing performances at St Giles’ and our summer series 2019 was no exception!
Organoke #7 kicked things off in style with a packed church singing karaoke classics. Then, with a definite focus on local talent, we were delighted to welcome an eclectic mix of solo performers and groups every Wednesday night for a month. All the concerts were donation-only events and all the funds raised have gone towards the upkeep and preservation of our very special building.
At the end of the series, we hosted a very special event..
‘Camberwell Beauty’ played to a full church packed with modern day Camberwellians, eager to find out more about the history of our amazing locality. A celebration of all things Camberwell, it was a wonderful way to spend a midsummer evening enjoying readings and music, much of it inspired by writers and artists who have lived in, or been inspired by Camberwell, from John Ruskin and Robert Browning to Muriel Spark and Jenny Eclair.
We even managed to convince members of THE ARCHERS to leave Ambridge for the night and come to SE5; Carole Boyd, who plays Lynda Snell, James Cartwright who plays P.C. Burns and Louiza Patikas and Annabelle Dowler, who play Helen and Kirsty.
The combination of local creativity, the beautiful surroundings of the church on a midsummer evening and some very familiar Radio 4 voices, made for an electric and eclectic evening.
Thank you to everyone who was able to help us put on this amazing variety of concerts in any way.
Spend a midsummer evening in Gilbert Scott’s glorious gothic church and enjoy words and music inspired by Camberwell …with some very special guests…
Camberwell Beauty is a celebration of all things Camberwell: a wonderful way to spend a midsummer evening enjoying readings and music, much of it inspired by writers and artists who have lived in, or been inspired by the Camberwell area, from John Ruskin and Robert Browning to Muriel Spark and Jenny Eclair.
We have even managed to convince members of THE ARCHERS to leave Ambridge for the night and come to SE5; Carole Boyd, who plays Lynda Snell, James Cartwright who plays P.C. Burns and Louiza Patikas and Annabelle Dowler, who play Helen and Kirsty.
The combination of local creativity, the beautiful surroundings of the church on a midsummer evening and some very familiar Radio 4 voices, promises to be electric and eclectic evening.
Thursday 20 June | St Giles Church Camberwell |£5 on the door | Doors & cash-bar – 19:00 | Programme commences at 19:30 and runs for 90 minutes
100% OF ALL PROFITS CONTRIBUTE TO THE UPKEEP AND RESTORATION OF THIS MAGNIFICENT BUILDING.
Join us for our final concert in our summer series!
Wednesday 12th June Doors: 18:30 – Performance 19:00 – Duration approx. 1hr Suggested Donation: £3. A cash-only bar will be serving refreshments.
St Giles’ very own director of music, Ashley Valentine takes us on a journey of visual and audio delight with a selection of vintage short films accompanied by the Piano and famed Bishop and Sons Organ. Come hear it in all its glory!
Join us for our third concert in our summer series!
Wednesday 5th June Doors: 18:30 – Performance 19:00 – Duration approx. 1hr Suggested Donation: £4. A cash-only bar will be serving refreshments.
The Solem Quartet are an ensemble rapidly emerging as one of the leading chamber groups of their generation. We are delighted to welcome them to the spiritual surrounds of St Giles’ to perform sublime works by Haydn and Schumann.
Join us for the second concert in our summer series!
Wednesday 29th May Doors: 18:30 – Performance 19:00 – Duration approx. 1hr Suggested Donation: £4. A cash-only bar will be serving refreshments.
Multi disciplinary artist Chisara Agor is a musician, actor and theatre maker. Growing up in Peckham she began her professional career in the sunnier climes of Madrid. This singer songwriter is self taught at the guitar and ukulele with her influences, ranging from jazz to folk, soul to indie pop. Having recently opened for award winning Blackstreet at the Jazz Cafe London, Chisara brings her unique sound to St Giles this summer.
The last few years have seen some amazing performances at St Giles’: from silent film nights with live music to our now ‘infamous’ audience-led Organoke nights! With a definite focus on local talent we’re delighted to welcome some special people to perform in Camberwell’s most beautiful and atmospheric venue.
Organoke #7 returned to St Giles’ on Saturday 11th May to a packed church of karaoke fans determined to raise the roof with the help of the historic church organ!
Organoke will return on Saturday 14th December for the 2019 Alternative Carol Service. An initial release of tickets have already sold out but don’t panic! More will go on sale later in the year both locally in Camberwell and online.
Visit the organoke website and sign up to our newsletter here to find out how to buy the hottest tickets in town!
Join us for the first concert in our summer series!
Wednesday 22nd May Doors: 18:30 – Performance 19:00 – Duration approx. 1hr A cash-only bar will be serving refreshments.
Formed in 2011, the CCC are famed locally for their lively rehearsals, wide-ranging repertoire and their legendary wine and cheese nights! Led by three, eclectic university music graduates, the choir tries to offer something for every music-lover; from opera to jazz and pop to 13th Century English part songs.
The choir performs locally throughout the year and has developed some ‘new’ Camberwell Traditions, such as Carols ’round Camberwell and Silent Film Night. CCC regularly joins with other choirs in concerts and has sung in productions at the Young Vic and the Royal Festival Hall. The choir is non-auditioned and open to all.
This concert will feature some of the songs the choir has been working on recently and a solo or two from the choir leaders.
All profits raised are donated to the Friends of St Giles’ – (Registered Charity 295291) for the restoration and preservation of the building St Giles’ Church.